baraciisch (1925) - USA - MAR 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow... I had a growler of this at Stone, because they wouldn’t let me try it without going on the tour and didn’t serve it at the restaurant... Great decision.... Just about finished the growler with a buddy on the way from Escondido back to Anaheim for the Ducks game, needless to say, it was a wild game.... Deep brownish reddish in color, aroma of Autumn.... Flavor is cinnamon, yams, pumpkin, spices, caramel malts..... Delicious beer...
heminator (72) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really unusual, but the spice background is great. You can actually smell and taste the Fenugreek.
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blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [12oz]. Three breweries collaborating on a Pumpkin beer? This should be interesting. Pours a great looking deep amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Nice aroma with lots there, there’s caramel malt, chocolate, pumpkin, brown sugar, light spices, citrus and more. The flavour is no slouch with sweet malt, chocolate, pumpkin, brown sugar, ginger, sarsaparilla and light piney hops. Medium bodied. What an interesting, sessionable version of the style, I loved it.
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SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Stone Brewing in South Park: Poured a dark amber hue with a tiny formation of foam head. The aroma was phenomenal with a pure scent of herbs perhaps sage, and has an abundant aroma of roast coffee bean or strong fragrant black tea. As for the drink, a smooth and well balanced blend of unknown flavors probably due to the foreign ingredients such as fenugreek, lemon verbena, and birch bark really make this an easily quaffable beer yet a flavorful and memorable beer recipe. Although, it does come across as a little watery in the finish, it still leaves behind a roasted aftertaste and in itself is a truly unique concept.
beerelephant (12) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely not the best Stone Collaboration but I wouldn’t ask for my money back and am happy to have tried it. Appearance is exceptional - deep mohagony red with a light cream head. Interesting aroma - primarily pulling yams, smoked meats and brown sugar. Also getting a bit of clove and traces of pumpkin. Taste is where this one falls a little short - smoked wood bitterness initially overwhelms the palate, but I do get a good amount of biscuity malt and yams, some pumpkin, and a bit of allspice and brown sugar. The burp effect is actually quite nice. Overall, a solid cold weather, campfire beer.
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brownish pour, creamy head. Loads of spices in the nose, roasted pumpkin, candi sugar, syrup and some gingery notes. Sweet flavor, spicy, yeast, tons goin on in this one and in a pretty good way. Tap at the Bruery Provisions on my crazy birthday San Diego trip with Storminorman.
onceblind (4329) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark burnt orange, not quite opaque as you can kinda see some copper/ruby clearness around the bottom edge. Nice creamy rocky head with an aroma of birch wood, some herbal autumnal spice aroma, with just a hint of pumpkins and caramel and rye. Great clean carbonated mouthfeel, with a nice flavor presence on a medium body. Impressively big for a 5%. Flavor started herbal and woody, with some sort of sage-like spice (not in a gross way, but in an autumnal way) and some lemon and birch bark. Very faint tones of sweet potatoes, and all on a light malty background thats toasty and bready and sweet with a touch of either honey or caramel, not sure . What a delightful and unique twist on a fall pumpkin beer. Well done!
J_man (717) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dark copper amber with a light tan head. Starts off with a slightly vegetal aroma with cardamon and sea salt, and a little earthy wood. Really interesting vegetal flavor of pumpkin and bitter herbs, with a little allspice, ginger and cardamon. Finishes bitter and leaves that vegetal taste behind (which is a good thing here). This is a very interesting take on a pumpkin ale that isn’t like the traditional "pumpkin pie" beer (not surprising given who’s in on this collaboration), but doesn’t get so wacky that it’s no longer a pumpkin ale. Excellent fall beer!
JStax (3092) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a dark amber, nearly brown with a thick head of off-white foam that leaves webby lacing as it dissolves. Aroma is relatively light, but can plainly pick up on the birch and yams. I also detect a little roasty character in here as well. Taste is interesting with the birch and yam playing nicely on one another but still letting a lemony tang come into play. I get an anise character in here as well. Palate is smooth with just a light carbonation to maintain the frothy head. Very good.
rangerred (938) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance is a clear dark brown with a small head. Good lacing however clinging to the sides of the glass.
Aroma has a definite herb character but it’s good. Some lemon in there along with a hop aroma reminiscent of Stone. Some roasted malt is detectable as well.
Really a lot going on here in terms of taste. The spicy/herb dominates but along with that is pumpkin and roasted malt that is almost coffee-like. The lemon shows itself towards the finish. Good assertive bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is just a little thin, I feel.
I was sort of worried about this beer but now I wish I would have gotten another one. A pretty excellent beer and perfect for fall.